Why is Organizational Change Related to Workplace Bullying? Role Conflict and Job Insecurity as Mediators

  • Baillien E
  • De Witte H
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Although organizational change has often been cited as an important
cause of workplace bullying, only few studies have investigated this
relationship. The current article aims to address this issue by exploring
a direct as well as indirect relationship (i.e. mediation by various job
and team-related stressors) between organizational change and bullying.
Data were collected in 10 private organizations in the Dutch-speaking
part of Belgium (N = 1260). Results show a significant relationship
between organizational change and bullying. Role conflict, job insecurity,
workload, role ambiguity, frequency of conflict, social support fro
colleagues and social leadership are all related to bullying. Regression
analyses reveal a relationship between change and role conflict as well as
job insecurity. The other stressors were not associated with organizational
change and, hence, do not mediate. Finally, regression analysis shows
that the relationship between organizational change and bullying is fully
mediated by role conflict and job insecurity.

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  • E. Baillien

  • H. De Witte

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